Sustainability Week

From April 19th to April 23rd we will be hosting our annual Sustainability Week! It is jam-packed with campaigns, discussions and events to raise awareness for climate action. 

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Sustainability Week 2021

This years’ Sustainability Week is jam-packed with campaigns, discussions and events to create a more sustainable future. From April 19 to April 23rd, hosted by the Green Office for KU Leuven and the Sustainability Office. Register for the events below!

Do you want to discover more climate focused events happening in Leuven? 30CC and a number of partners are hosting Climate Week. This year, the theme is Warm Alarm: Stop hitting the snooze button. Check it out!

Ongoing Events (starting April 19th)

Oceans are Rising (Red Line Action)

KU Leuven is participating in the Oceans Are Rising initiative. All week, discover red lines on the buildings of KU Leuven and scan the QR code to learn more about the impact of climate change from researchers in different disciplines. We will not only apply the red line in Leuven, but we will also pay attention to the urgency of the climate crisis in Antwerp and Bruges, where the impacts of sea level rise will be more prevalent. Learn more about the impacts of climate change through these videos by experts!

For more information, please visit the Facebook event.

Revive Your Phone (ICT Collection)

During the first semester, we joined forces with CATAPA and organised the DocuLatino documentary screenings. This semester we continue to strive for more sustainable use of ICT. We will kick of our campaign with aSmartWorld during Sustainability Week. Do you have unused electronics lying in your drawer or cupboard? All week, you can drop them off at one of our collection boxes. Donated electronics will be collected, repaired and recycled. Recycled ICT will be handed out to those who are in need to avoid social isolation, especially during Coronatimes.

Find all of the collection points here and learn more about the recycling process by visiting aSmartWorld online 

Lab Coat Collection (Initiative Kick Off)

In collaboration with the purchasing department of KU Leuven, we are kicking off the lab coat collection. This initiative will focus on the reuse of lab coats and encourage a circular economy. Have you completed your final year in a lab, not really sure what to do with your lab coat? We have a solution for you! Across KU Leuven campuses, there will be collection boxes where you can donate your old lab coat. These will be collected and made available to new students. Coats that are too worn for reuse will be delivered to a company that uses them to make insulation.

Learn more about the initiative and discover all of the collection points here!

Biodiversify Your Garden

Biodiversity provides a buffer against further warming of the climate, gives oceans and soils the breathing room to recover and is the best medicine against emerging diseases. It takes care of us and our planet! For two weeks, and in collaboration with IAAS, we are hosting an online competition to biodiversify our at-home gardens.

Join the competition on Facebook.

Grow your own produce with the Faculty of Arts

Spring is in the air, and the planting season is in full swing. This year you can commit to growing your own produce with help from the KU Leuven Faculty of Arts. The workshop includes a virtual guide (Dutch only) for novice sowers and seeds and pots available for pick up during the Veggie Bag (19/4) and Plant Exchange (21/4). Share your success on social during Sustainability Week with the hashtag #LetterenGoesEigenKweek.

Get growing! Register to attend here.

Swap market for plant cuttings and second-hand books

During Sustainability Week, Valks Ecoteam is organizing a plant cuttings and second-hand book exchange market at the Faculty of Law. Throughout the week you can go to the cloakroom of the faculty library to exchange your book or cutting for a “new” copy. Books can be exchanged on the book giving rack of the faculty library, cuttings on the exchange table provided. Drop off your books or plants at KU Leuven – College De Valk, Tiensestraat 41/bus 3404, 3000 Leuven

Tuesday April 20th

Plant-based Food Q&A (Dutch only)

More and more people are choosing to eat plant-based meals. The number of flexitarians, vegetarians and vegans is increasing. Eating less meat is good for animal welfare and the environment. But what about our own health? Is plant-based food really that healthy? Are you getting enough nutrients? We are hosting a Q&A where all your questions will be answered by a nutritionist, a dietician and a plant-based dietician.

For more information, please visit the Facebook event.

Oceans are Rising (Panel Discussion)

As part of the Oceans are Rising initiative, we will host a panel discussion to explore the topic in-depth with the help of front line experts. Join us as we invite an AO polar expert, a sociologist focusing on environmental migration and a member of Greenpeace. These perspectives will give the Oceans are Rising action more context as they share their personal experiences.

For more information, please visit the Facebook event.

Collaborating for Sustainability Walk

The Department of Architecture is organizing a corona-proof walk in our green surroundings (3.6 km, starting at the reception desk of the castle, in groups of 4 people). Along the way, you will encounter questions and propositions that invite you and your fellow walkers to reflect on sustainable cooperation: How do we work together towards a more sustainable future? Our motto? Collaborating for Sustainability!

For more information, please visit the Facebook event.

Wednesday April 21st

Green Jobs Fair

The Green Jobs Fair is a networking event where students will be provided a platform to share their skills and ambitions with companies that focus on sustainability. Participating companies will have the opportunity to find students with the right skillset to fill their job and internship vacancies. We will also have a panel discussion of young professional working in sustainability who will share their experiences to help students who are looking for a job with an impact after their studies.

For more information, please visit the Facebook event.

Open Discussion on Ecofeminist Artivism

The semester-long ecofeminism series will close with a lecture and open discussion on ecofeminist art. We’ll explore the concept of artivism and what it means to combine activism with art. Further on, we’ll discuss some polemical questions on the rights to authorship of ecofeminist art.

For more information, please visit the Facebook event.

Too much green? Share your green! Plant exchange with Ecoteam Letteren

Increase the biodiversity in your home with the plant exchange hosted by Ecoteam Letteren. Whether you have too much of the same plant at home or too little greenery at all, this open air event is for you. Everyone is allowed to bring and take one or more plants, cuttings and/or pots. It is recommended to register in advance.

For more information, please visit the event webpage.

Thursday April 22nd

Rectorial Candidates Debate (Dutch only)

The Sustainability Service will organize a debate between the rectors running in the 2021 rectoral elections on Thursday from 12:00 to 13:30. During this debate, we will present our concerns and wishes regarding current and future climate policy in order to assess their vision for the future of KU Leuven and how we will position ourselves as a sustainable university over the next four years. Themes that will be discussed include: general policy, research, education, social engagement and campus operations. The students of KU Leuven are also given the opportunity to ask questions.

Please register to attend here.

Lunch Lecture on Integrated Pest Management

Do you want to learn more about sustainability or are you considering  a thesis on sustainability? The Lunch Lectures hosted by the Green Office Living Lab explore various topics related to sustainability. For the 3rd Lunch lecture,  we will be joined by Prof. Hans Rediers, associate professor at the Faculty of Engineering Technology. Prof. Hans Rediers will tell us more about his research on integrated pest management and bio control, and what we can learn from his research to face future challenges.

For more information, please visit the Facebook event.

The Rise of Thrifting

Green office Campus Brussels and HZ Green Office are joining for an informative and interactive Q&A session to answer all questions about staying in style by second-hand shopping as a student, in collaboration with the amazing Juliet Bonhomme and Laura from the Desert. Follow along live on Instagram at 6pm!

Sustainable Recovery and Public Law: European Climate Policy (Webinar)

The European Union has rolled out several reform packages to address climate change. But what are the economic and legal implications? Join the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the Economic Law Research Unit for a webinar as they invite Professor Jos Delbeke and Professor Kurt Deketelaere to discuss these EU plans and how they can be improved.

Register to attend at the event’s webpage.

Collaborating for Sustainability Walk

The Department of Architecture is organising a corona-proof walk in our green surroundings (3.6 km, starting at the reception desk of the castle, in groups of 4 people). Along the way, you will encounter questions and propositions that invite you and your fellow walkers to reflect on sustainable cooperation: How do we work together towards a more sustainable future? Our motto? Collaborating for Sustainability!

For more information, please visit the Facebook event